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Biology Level 3 AS & A2 at Woodkirk Academy

Course description

The syllabi taught are AQA Biology Specification, Advanced Subsidiary 1411 and Advanced 2411 .

The Biology course develops an understanding of biological facts and principles and an appreciation of their significance. The course is complete in itself and is suitable preparation for university and professional courses.

Relevance to human affairs plays an important part in the teaching. Many of the topics in the syllabus have significance for the social, environmental and economic implications of Biology. Throughout the course the applications of Biology are stressed. Students become familiar with codes of practice and standards of safety in all aspects of practical work. Particular attention is drawn to the potential hazards of microbiological work.

Many of our A-Level Biology students have a great interest in the natural world, green issues or medical sciences. The course covers a vast number of Biological principles, including Human Biology, Inherited and Infectious Disease, Ecology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology & Genetics. Some candidates also study Physics and Chemistry and are aiming for a traditional scientific career. A good understanding of Chemistry is an advantage as Biochemistry is a significant part of the course and an important career area. There are clear overlaps between the Biology and Geography syllabi and Biology and Sports Studies . The2 course may include a field trip for the study of Ecology and completion of coursework.

Course content

The content of the course is taught in 3 units each year as shown:

AS - Year 12



% of AS grade

Unit 1

Biology and disease


Unit 2

Entry requirements

It is expected that you will have at least a grade B in GCSE Higher Additional Science and Core Science or Biology. As well as this, a grade B in Intermediate or Higher Mathematics is also required.


Assessment Objectives

AO1 - Knowledge and understanding

Candidates should be able to recall and show understanding of scientific knowledge, organise and communicate information in a variety of ways.

AO2 - Application and analysis

Candidates should be able to analyse and evaluate scientific knowledge and apply it to unfamiliar situations.

AO3 - How Science Works

Candidates should be able to demonstrate and describe practical techniques and processes. They should be able to record observations and measurements with appropriate precision and analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate the methodology, results and impact of their own and others' experimental and investigative actions.

Further information

' Biology is an exciting and enjoyable subject at A level, we are really looking forward to the field trip next year '

Jonathan Foster & Daniel Harding Year 13 students

' In A level Biology a wide range of interesting topics are studied. I learnt something new and fascinating every lesson '

George Cowell - Year 13 student

' There is a key interaction in A level Biology between an all new and challenging approach with interesting new concepts. A level Biology will suit anybody who is prepared to learn and has a keen interest in the human body and the processes of the Natural World '

Chante Lee - Year 13 student

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 Years